• Identify


    • IPA: /aɪˈdÉ›n.tɪ.faɪ/


    From French identifier, from Medieval Latin identicus + Latin faciō.

    Full definition of identify


    1. (transitive) To establish the identity of someone or something.
      • 1953, S:Enforcement Regulations of the Name Act, The formal name of a national having domiciliary register shall be identified by the national identity card;
    2. (transitive, biology) To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism.
      • 2000, S:Proclamation 7319, A recent biological inventory uncovered 41 species and 2 subspecies of insects new to science and many species not before identified in the State of Washington.
    3. (transitive) To equate two or more things.
    4. (reflexive) To have a strong affinity with; to feel oneself to be modelled on or connected to.
      • 1999, Joyce Crick, translating Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Oxford 2008, p. 117:The dream is given a new interpretation if in her dream she means not herself but her friend, if she has put herself in the place of her friend, or, as we may say, she has identified herself with her.
    5. (intransitive) To associate oneself with some group.
      • 1983, , Now, the vast majority of us identify with the second group, the one that believes in trusting the wisdom of the people rather than taking power away from them and concentrating it in the other hands.
    6. (intransitive) To claim an identity; to describe oneself as a member of a group; to assert the use of a particular term to describe oneself.
    7. (transitive, topology) To map a number of points to one.
    8. (transitive) To make to be the same; to unite or combine into one.
      • D. RamsayEvery precaution is taken to identify the interests of the people and of the rulers.
      • BurkeLet us identify, let us incorporate ourselves with the people.


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